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Published on March 2nd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on March 2nd, 2018 | By: April Gocha


Ohio specialty glass company seeks buyer

Michael Pfaender, president of Sem-Com Co. Inc., a Toledo, Ohio-based specialty glass company, has announced that after more than thirty years in business, the company will cease operations at the end of April. Efforts are currently ongoing to find a new owner. Interested parties may contact Pfaender at Sem-com@sem-com.com or 419-537-8813.


Vitro Flat Glass receives DOE funding for glass furnace project

Vitro Flat Glass is working on a project to reduce industry cost and energy use by developing a neural network model for glass furnace operations. The goal is to enhance its reduced-order model for glass furnace operations with real-world production data.


India’s growth picture is as clear as glass for Saint Gobain

Saint Gobain is betting big on the Indian market and is aiming to triple revenues in the next ten years to ₹20,000 crore, its chairman said. “India is one of the fastest growing countries for Saint Gobain. India is the number one country for us—even more than China.”


Otto Schott Research Award goes to renowned American glass scientist

The 15th Otto Schott Research Award will be presented in 2018 to Prof. Dr. C. Austen Angell. The esteemed glass scientist from Arizona State University will receive the award along with a 25,000-euro endowment for his pioneering, lasting scientific contributions throughout his illustrious research career.


Quantum Materials reviews strategic opportunities, engages advisor

Quantum Materials Corp. announced the company has undertaken a comprehensive review of potential strategic opportunities to enhance shareholder value. Its board has engaged Canaccord Genuity as its financial advisor for this review.


DOE announces $10M for combined heat and power technology research

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced up to $10 million to conduct research and development activities to further the utilization of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power specifically designed to provide support to the electric grid.


Arkema announces expansion of Palmer Holland’s NA distribution territory

Arkema has expanded the geographic distribution territory of Palmer Holland for Orgasol and Rilsan D products for coating additive applications. Holland’s distribution territory will now extend from New England, across the northern U.S., to the west coast. 


As clear as glass: CeramTec Perlucor ceramic protects inground lights

Light manufacturer SLV cooperates with CeramTec to equip its Dasar Premium inground glass light fittings with a Perlucor cover. This ceramic protects the lights against weather-related, mechanical, chemical, or thermal stress.


L&L Special Furnace announces new website

L&L Special Furnace Co. Inc. will launch a new website on March 1. The new site will be updated on a regular basis with news of products, applications and market activity, corporate milestones, events, and useful information.


Ross receives additional UL and NFPA certifications

Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code. 


Clive A. Grannum joins Materion as president of performance alloys and composites

Materion Corporation announced that Clive A. Grannum has joined the company as president, Performance Alloys and Composites, one of three reportable business segments. He reports to Jugal Vijayvargiya, president and CEO, and is based in Mayfield Heights.


National Glass Products expands Denver facility, adds glass production line

National Glass Products has completed a $500,000 expansion of its Denver-based production facility as part of a multi-phased strategy to meet market demand in the area driven by population growth.


Xinyi Glass 2017 net profit surges on higher float glass revenue in China

Xinyi Glass recently said its net profit for 2017 was up 24.9% on strong growth in revenue from high-quality float glass in China. Net profit for the twelve months ending December 31 rose to HK$4.01 billion ($512.90 million) from HK$3.21 billion a year earlier.


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